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Where Beauty & Nature Intersect

May 2017 – Celebrate spring in the great outdoors

2016 Bike Opener - 1Spring has arrived in fits and starts – warm one day, snow the next – but she’s finally here. Our lakes glisten in the sun, the loons are calling and green washes fields and budding trees.

Spring rituals like ditch clean up are well underway. Residents and resort owners are glad for nice weather to rake and spruce up their lawns and grounds. After work and on weekends, golfers and ATV enthusiasts are hitting the links and trails. Anglers are already catching some early mornings at the end of a dock and buying their licenses for this year’s walleye-northern fishing opener May 13.

The Saturday after the Fishing Opener, the Chamber will host the Minnesota Bike Opener. Celebrate all things BIKE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Red Bridge Park. The 3rd annual Bike Opener will feature kids games, giant trike races, bike decorating, musical entertainment and, of course, food! There will be a non-competitive, costumes-encouraged bike ride on the Heartland Trail with snack stops along the way. Email for a bike swap spot. (There is no consignment fee.)

Sunday, May 21 the Chamber will sponsor Color Dash 2017, starting and ending in Heartland Park. Entrants may start picking up packets at 9 a.m. The dash begins at 11 a.m. Enjoy this non-competitive, untimed 5K run/walk where participants get covered with a lot of colors along the way, The goal of the event is to be active and have fun! Register online at

It’s not too late to plan your summer vacation. If you haven’t visited here for awhile, we welcome you to come back again and see why anglers and families, fun seekers and adventurers have come to catch memories of our natural areas, forests and pristine lakes for decades.

Resorts and other lodging accommodations in the Park Rapids area provide guests a place to stay and will help visitors realize their dream vacation, whether it’s lying on the beach with a good book, venturing out to learn more about the local flora and fauna or timing a stay to take in local festivals or cultural events. The Chamber website can assist with your trip planning.

If you need help planning a memorable and affordable visit, need more information about the area or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.


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